Outdoor Activities

Enjoy a beautiful day outside with your kids! Check out all of these outdoor activities in your area and see what peaks your interest, then click on the category heading and you will be taken to a full list of local options. We have all the details about locations! Many have photographs and more information to help you decide where to go and what your kids will be interested in depending on their age and interests.

All of these lists were made by local moms for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Do you have an idea for a topic that hasn’t been covered or a spot that you’ve been enjoying? Comment below and let us know!

If you are looking for other resources, visit our Resources for Families page, buy half-price tickets to great local attractions and shows on our Half-Price Ticket page, and peruse our Indoor Activities page.

Exciting New Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs
Be in the know about all the new playgrounds in the westerrn suburbs! We scoped them out and took photographs so you can get a preview.

Blueberry Picking Near Chicago: U-Pick Blueberries + Tips for Your Trip
July is time for u-pick blueberries! We have the best spots for blueberry picking near Chicago, along with tips for sweet success!

Kid-Friendly Openings as Illinois Moves to Phase 4
On June 26, Illinois moves to Phase 4. Get the scoop on what that means for zoos, bowling alleys, movie theaters, outdoor fun, and more.

Brookfield Zoo is Reopening! Reservations Required
Brookfield Zoo is implementing timed reservations to increase spacing between visitors. Find out how to get tickets and more.

A Day at the Farm: Local Farms to Visit with Kids
Farms are starting to open up for visitors! Enjoy fresh air and see the animals at these favorite spots in Countryside, Glenview, and more.

The Best Local Ice Cream Shops: Join Us on the Ice Cream Trail
We've compiled a list of our reader's favorite local Chicagoland ice cream shops to dazzle and delight even the youngest family members!

Your Guide to Summer 2020 Fun in the Suburbs
A gigantic list of all the Kidlist summer articles to make up one ultimate summer guide! Everything you need for a summer in the Chicagoland suburbs.

Where to See Waterfalls Near Chicago
We have a preview of all the best waterfalls in the Chicago suburbs with photographs, directions, and details!

Blackhawk Waterfall: The Hidden Waterfall in South Elgin
Find the best place to park depending on how far you want to walk and how to get to Blackhawk Waterfall. Directions and photographs included.

Local Mini Golf Courses with Waterfalls, Windmills, Glow-in-the Dark, and More
Score a hole in one at these fun mini golf destinations in Chicagoland! Putt your way through water features, model train tracks, and more.

500+ Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in the Western Suburbs
Take advantage of the beautiful weather and dine outside! There are so many options for outdoor dining at Chicago's suburban restuarants.

Strawberry Picking: Which Farms Are Open for U-Pick This Year? (Plus Map!)
Find a strawberry u-pick farm just a short ride from the suburbs of Chicago and get some great tips for picking strawberries!